PhD Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham

PhD Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham


My name is Gabriela Saldanha and I am the
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Translation – a research centre at the University of Birmingham. The MA by Research and the PhD in Translation
Studies are aimed at students who will have ideally a background in translation studies
either at undergraduate or at MA level. But we often accept students with other backgrounds.
For example, in relevant areas such as literature, comparative literature, linguistics or modern
languages more generally. To obtain an MA by Research in Translation
Studies you need to write a 40000 word thesis. And to obtain a PhD in Translation Studies
you need to write an 80000 word thesis. Students who completed a PhD in Translation
Studies often go on to work at universities where they can earn a living by doing their
research that they’ve been doing and teaching about their research. But that’s not the only
option. A PhD in Translation Studies offers a wide range of job opportunities because
the translation industry is huge. And if you’ve done a PhD in literary translation you may
become a literary translator. But you can also go on to work for example in the publishing
industry or in international organisations where there is need for expertise in translation
technology or translation policy and those are just some of the examples of job opportunities. In order to locate funding to do a PhD in
Translation Studies I suggest students look at the postgraduate funding database at the
University of Birmingham website. The Birmingham Centre for Translation is an
excellent choice for doing research at MA or PhD level in translation studies. Because
we have a number of experts in the field of translation studies – leading experts. And
also links with a range of areas of expertise across the university. For example, the Shakespeare
Institute, the English literature department, expertise in Corpus Linguistics, in gender
and sexuality, in media studies, film studies. So it’s very likely that you’re going to be
supervised by very well-known scholars who have a lot of expertise in that area of research. I recommend students to approach potential
supervisors with a draft research proposal where they suggest what are the questions
that their research is going to explore and where they demonstrate that they have some
familiarity with the academic literature on that topic. As well as familiarity with research
skills.

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